Joel H. Levitin


212.701.3770 Phone
212.378.2449 Fax

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Eighty Pine Street
New York, NY 10005-1702 vCard



  • Duke University, A.B., 1984, with distinction, magna cum laude
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1987, with honors

Clerkship/Government Service

  • Honorable Norma L. Shapiro, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania


  • New York

Joel H. Levitin is a member of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP's Bankruptcy & Restructuring and Bankruptcy Litigation practices.

Joel advises troubled or distressed companies, acquirers of such companies, and primary constituencies such as trustees, boards of directors, creditors, bondholders, committees, and equity sponsors in significant corporate restructuring and reorganization matters, both in and out of court.

Joel has extensive experience negotiating and litigating issues arising in distressed situations, including the confirmation of plans of reorganization, DIP financing arrangements and the use of cash collateral, the appointment of examiners and trustees, lender liability and equitable subordination matters, purchases and sales of the assets of distressed companies, and preferential transfers and fraudulent conveyances. He has also served as an arbitrator in various cases.

Joel is recommended as a leading bankruptcy lawyer by Chambers USA for his “strategic thinking and his ability to analyze a situation and explain it to the board in concise and clear terms" and by Global Counsel 3000 and Practical Law Company. Joel was also selected as one of Turnarounds & Workouts Magazine's eight “Outstanding Bankruptcy Lawyers 40 and Under” in 2001.

Joel is a prolific author and frequent speaker on bankruptcy and restructuring topics such as DIP financing, intellectual property issues in bankruptcy, and investing in distressed companies.

Professional Activities:

Joel is active in the American Bankruptcy Institute, where he served on the board of directors and as a committee chair (Young Members, Asset Sales, and Intellectual Property Committees) for many years. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, and he is an editor for the ABI's "Volo" project, summarizing bankruptcy decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In addition, he serves on the Board of Editors of The Bankruptcy Strategist, a prominent industry publication. He served as co-chair of the IP/Bankruptcy Committee of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and was a member of the Commercial Law League of America and the Turnaround Management Association. He also previously served as a member of the board of directors of the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, a leading administrator of certification programs for insolvency attorneys, and as a member of the prestigious Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization of the Association of the Bar of The City of New York and its working Subcommittee on Professional Disinterestedness.

From 1993 through 1996, Joel was an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law, where he taught a course on corporate reorganization in Chapter 11.